Reuben’s Bell with the Howling Tongues
FRIDAY AT THE HUMMINGBIRD STAGE AND TAPROOM
A self-proclaimed “Southern band with a twist,” Atlanta’s Reuben’s Bell is not named after a sandwich, but named after band members (and brothers) Logan and Matt’s grandfather. For an idea of their sound and live show, check out their live video for “Shot in the Dark,” which was filmed at the soon-to-be-closed Smith’s Olde Bar in Atlanta. Another Atlanta band, the Howling Tongues, open with a free-wheeling Southern brand of garage rock (check out their tune “Gotta be a Man”) to fill out a solid bill and a best bet for rock ’n’ roll on Friday night. Seriously. 10 p.m. $5.
SATURDAY AT THE LIBRARY BALLROOM
Touring in support of the yet-to-be-released “Devil Music” (his 10th release, which will be out Sept. 18), Randall Bramblett returns to Macon for a show at the Library Ballroom. For those who are not in the know, the Library Ballroom is one of the coolest and most “intimate” settings in town for a show (not to mention the location of one of the first shows for the original and full lineup of the Allman Brothers Band in the late 1960s), and this show will prove to be a great one. If you’re familiar with Randall Bramblett, you’ll be there. If you’re not, just know that he’s played with everyone from Greg Allman to Steve Winwood and his solo work is stellar in its own right. 8 p.m. $15 in advance. $20 day of the show.
THURSDAY AT MAIN STREET PIZZA
In a town like ours, which seems to continue to produce world-class DJs (see DJ Shawty Slim and DJ Bruce Wonder, among others), DJ B3 has emerged as one of the top -- and hardest working -- young DJs in our area. Come see him perform an all-ages set on the back patio of Main Street Pizza, which is right next to the Cox Capitol Theatre. (If the weather doesn’t cooperate, he’ll perform inside). Grab a slice, bring the whole family and sit back and enjoy some killer tunes. All ages. 7-9 p.m. Free.
Michelle Blades, Womanmay, Cléa Vincent and Jade Poppyfield
THURSDAY AT FRESH PRODUCE RECORDS
All of the acts but Jade Poppyfield (who is a brilliant local group from right here in Macon) are on Midnight Specials records, a label out of Paris. Yes, that Paris. According to the bio on her Bandcamp page, headliner Michelle Blades is a “a Panamanian-born, Miami-raised, Arizona-stintin’ artist currently residing in Paris and forever experimenting with sound.” Womanmay plays a lo-fi brand of chilled out psychedelic rock, and while Cléa Vincent is similar to the previous two in many ways, their sound has a decidedly more dancey vibe. In short, you have the opportunity to check out three bands that are certainly not from around here, plus a great local artist in a great record shop, so why not? All ages. 9 p.m. Free, but donations are strongly suggested.
Kishi Bashi and Thayer Sarrano
THURSDAY AT COX CAPITOL THEATRE
Athens transplant Kishi Bashi opened for Guster at the Cox Capitol Theatre a little while ago, and he made such a splash that he was asked back for a headlining show. This guy is a monster musician. He plays violin and sings, but his music is far from Americana or bluegrass. He builds soundscapes with effects and loops in a mesmerizingly fun fashion -- not in the, “Wow, that’s a neat trick” kind of way, but in a, “Holy cow, that one guy is making all of that sound by himself and the music is fantastic” kind of way. His music is catchy and complex without being pretentious. For a solid introduction, check out his track “Lighght.” This guy will make you wanna dance -- you won’t know why and you won’t care. 8 p.m. $15-$18.